Shimmering maybe a little, sometimes it is not there. I see it when the eye is closed but sometimes see the image of it when the eye is open. Just noticed a couple of days ago. I do have floaters but have had these for years. No headache
No surgery, just a couple of days, no change in vision
Most of the time but not always.
Yes some light sensitivity, no loud noise problem, no nausea
No pain, no redness
I'm sorry I have to step away from my desk for 5-10 minutes. I promise I'll be right back to continue our conversation.
none of the above, but I am mildly nearsighted.
Okay. I'm back. Sorry about that.
Do you have any medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis?
Mildlly elevated blood sugar levels, no to the rest of them
When you see this light, is it static, or does it flash, pulse, or move around in your visual field?
when i close the eye but sometimes i see the image of it when the eye is open. does not move around my visual field, is static
So then this is mostly there when you close the eye and really only there with the eye open just after you've opened the eye? Am I understanding you correctly?
You are :)
Assuming you're closing your eyes for awhile, say 15-20 minutes, is it there the whole time you're closing your eyes, or just for a minute or so?
No it fades away.
How long does it take to fade away, approximately (rough guess)?
about a minute
Sorry for all the questions; thanks for your patience with them. Unfortunately, getting to the bottom of something like this is a little more difficult because I can't actually examine you. I think just a couple more questions.
Does this occur more so after you've looked at a bright light source, such as the sun, a computer screen, or a lit light bulb? Conversely, if the room is dark, does this occur less often?
Okay. Thanks for your patience. Thankfully, I think what you're experiencing is relatively normal. To have this "after-glow" of light after looking at a light-source that fades away after a minute or so is common and usually not a sign of anything worrisome. However, if it's been some time (more than a year) since you've seen your ophthalmologist, this is a good excuse to go get a complete, dilated eye examination to make sure there are no cataracts, or problems with the retina, which can occasionally exacerbate this normal phenomenon. Does this make sense?
I does. I had my last exam in June 2012 so if it does not get worse I will wait a couple of months then go to see him again.Thanks for your help, it has put my mind at rest
My pleasure. Good luck to you.
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